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“How much longer?” or “Are we there yet?” if you have taken a road trip with kids and maybe even adults, you have heard this more times than you can count. Road trips can seem endless without distractions for little ones and older kids alike. What if I said that this could be a thing of the past? Would you believe that your car could become a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and everyone in the car could connect their devices including smartphones and tablets and that the signal is powerful enough that you could stream videos and even watch live TV via an app? It seems like science fiction or something the Jetsons might have in their flying car. However, the future is almost here. [Read more...]

Fun & Unique Gift Ideas for Baby Boys and Baby Girls

 Fun & Unique Gifts for Baby Boy and Baby Girl

Fun & Unique Gift Ideas – Baby Girl & Baby Boy

I love to find learning and exploring toys for babies. They love bright, colorful toys that catch their attention and we found so many neat things your baby girls and baby boys will enjoy. I loved getting baby toys as gifts for my kids as that special toy will keep them occupied for long periods of time, especially if they are scooting or crawling. [Read more...]

Cool Fitness Gifts for Men and Women

 Cool Fitness Gift Ideas for Men and Women

Top Holiday Gifts – Fitness Gift for Men and Women

January is usually when people end up back to their fitness routines. December is the perfect time to find that perfect fitness gift for men and women in your life. From magazine to equipment to fitness devices, there are so many neat things to keep fitness enthusiasts on track! Find that perfect gift that motivates your friend or family member this year. [Read more...]

More Holiday Gift Ideas for Young Boys Ages 3, 4 & 5

More Great Gift Ideas for Boys 3 4 & 5

Gift Ideas for Boy – Boys Ages 3-5

As a mom of  two young boys, I’m always trying to find toys that will get a ton of play, won’t break easily and will hold their interest for a few years. I would rather buy them a few nice things than a whole pile of toys that I will be donating a few weeks after the holidays. I love anything that helps them use their imagination and, of course, educational toys are great too. You may not see all of these items in the toy catalogs that come in the mail around the holidays, but I think all of these items are worth checking out for your boys.
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Unique Stocking Stuffers for Men

 Unique Stocking Stuffers for Men

Unique Stocking Stuffers for Men

I work pretty hard to find unique things for my husband and Dad and it is very hard to find neat and useful things for them. We have a list of really neat stocking stuffers for men to help you out this holiday season. I am a big fan of practical items, especially in their stockings.

 

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More Holiday Gift Ideas for Tween Girls

More Fun Tween Girl Gift Ideas

Unique Girl Gifts – Tween Girls

It’s so hard to buy for tween girls, there’s no doubt about that!  If you ask them what gifts they want, you get the typical “I don’t know?” answer and this makes shopping for them a challenge. We put together some cool, unique girl gifts for your tweens that they will love. Our list has a little bit of everything from electronics to arts and crafts to music.

 

 

Kindle Fire HD

1. Kindle Fire HD 7″, HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB

The Kindle Fire HD 7″, HD  is a table with amazing capabilities. It is an e-reader, has built in wi-fi, plus you can watch movies, play apps and it’s integrated for email, facebook and twitter. Plus, if you are a parent that sets screen-time limits with your tweens and teens, a new free service called Kindle FreeTime is now available. Kindle FreeTime will help you set limits on how much time your child spends on the Kindle and what content they view. If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow over 180,000 ebooks for free and stream popular TV shows and movies. The Kindle Fire HD 7″, HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers is a great gift for tween girl.

 

 

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2. American Girl Magazine

My daughter lives for the arrival of her American Girl Magazine. It is full of crafts, fun activities and really neat articles. We got her subscription as a gift from her friend and I ended up renewing it once it expired. American Girl Magazine is very positive and it stresses the importance of being a strong, educated young woman.

 

3. GOgroove Panda Pal High-Powered Portable Mini Speaker System

Take your music outside in your yard, to the park, the beach or virtually anywhere. This little mini high-powered speaker system will amaze you. Just plug it into your device and enjoy the music. It works with most MP3 Players, Ipods, Ipads, Smart Phones, Laptops, Desk top computers and so much more. Find out more information or shop for the GOgroove Panda High-Powered Portable Mini Speaker System.

 

4. Boogie Board

Your tween will love this portable LCD tablet for drawing, doodling, making lists and so much more and it makes a really unique girl gift. It comes in several fun colors and includes it’s own stylus. It’s made of a durable plastic and will easily fit into your child’s purse or backpack. Done drawing or writing? Erase with a touch of a button.  Do you need a case for your Boogie Board? A neoprene sleeve is sold separately. Find out more information or shop for the Boogie Board.

 

 

One Direction Midnight Memories

5. Midnight Memories (Deluxe Version)

Music is one of my favorite gifts for tweens and this brand-new One Direction album will probably be at the top of your tween’s list. This highly-anticipated album will be a really fun addition make a perfect gift for tween girls. Find out more information or shop for the Midnight Memories (Deluxe Version).

 

6. Perplexus Maze Game by PlaSmart

This maze game is an enclosed sphere with tiny mazes inside and will keep your tween busy. It’s easy to play, but there are so many paths to discover. Reasoning skills will be needed to twist the sphere, go through pathways and move to the end of the path. Your tween will be completely drawn to this game!  Find out more information or shop for the Perplexus Maze Game.

 

 

7. Apples to Apples Jr

Your tween will love this fun game of comparisons. If you have ever played the regular Apples to Apples, the Junior version is perfect for ages 9 and up. Just deal out the cards and start playing this game of comparisons and take turns being the judge. Invite family and friends over to play and get ready for laughter. Find out more information or shop for Apples to Apples Jr.

 

 

Duct Tape Books for Girls Great Gift Ideas for Tweens

8. Tape it and Make it Duct Tape Book and Duct Tape and Tape It & Make More: 101 More Duct Tape Activities

This really fun book,  Tape It and Make It: 101 Duct Tape Activities, gets great reviews. It gives instructions on how to make duct tape accessories, clothing, flowers, animals and so much more. My daughter loves using the different colors and patterns of duct tape to make cool things.  Add a few rolls of duct tape to complete this gift for your tween. Find out more information or shop for Tape it and Make It: 101 Duct Tape Activities and the brand new, Tape It & Make More: 101 More Duct Tape Activities.

 

 

Design By Me and Color Appeels Gifts for Tween Girls

9. International Arrivals Color Appeel Crayon Stix and Design by Me Tropical Book

It will be clear when you see the Color Appeel Crayon Stix that they are not your average Crayolas.  They are long and the length of a standard pen or pencil and you peel the wrapper to sharpen them. My daughter loves these crayon stix and they have been going strong for over a year. Tween coloring is more like fancy artwork and the Design by Me Tropical, by American Girl book has intricate patterns and pictures that only  a tween hand could color. It includes large fold-out posters and both foil and flocked art pieces to color. Find out more information or shop for Color Appeel Crayon Stix and Design By Me Tropical Book.

10. Party in a Box Glitter Tattoo Kit

Your tween will love putting on these long-lasting glitter tattoos. Typically, you get these at your local festivals for $5 and more, but now these can be done at home. Each kit comes with 12 stencils, a brush, the glue and 3 different glitters. The tattoos are easy to apply and the results are beautiful. Find out more information or shop for Party in a Box Glitter Tattoo Kit.

 

 

11. Loopdedoo Kit for Making Twisted Accessories

The Loopdedoo machine is a small device that helps you twist embroidery thread into cool friendship bracelets in minutes. Try different looping styles to make bracelets, necklaces, zipper pulls and more. The Loopdedoo machine is kid-powered, so no batteries required. Find out more information for and shop for the Loopdedoo Kit for Making Twisted Accessories.

 

 

 

The Care and Keeping of You 1 and 2

12. The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls and The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls

This set of books is created by the American Girl series, but they are not just books, they are life instructions. It’s so hard to be a hormonal, changing tween and these books explain those changes in a fun way. These books will help open up parent and child communication better than any other book you can buy for girls. Both you and your girls will love The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls and The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls.

 

 

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50 Great Kids’ Christmas Books List

50 of the best Kids' Christmas Books

50 Great Kids’ Christmas Books

 

Looking for some great Kids’ christmas books?  This list will help. I love to have special Christmas books that we read all of December. I have seen ideas where people wrap up the books each year and then open and read a new one each night. This seems like such a fun idea. Check out these great Kid’s Christmas books and seen if there are any you want to add to your bookshelf.

 

  1. The Night Before the Night Before Christmas
  2. The Polar Express
  3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  4. A Wish to Be A Christmas Tree
  5. Merry Christmas, Stinky Face
  6. Charlie and the Christmas Kitty
  7. Reindeer Christmas
  8. A Bad Kitty Christmas
  9. The Berenstain Bears Get Ready for Christmas
  10. The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book
  11. Snowmen at Christmas
  12. Danny Dozer’s Perfect Christmas Tree
  13. God Gave Us Christmas
  14. The Christmas Story
  15. I Spy Christmas: A Book of Picture Riddles
  16. Llama Llama Holiday Drama
  17. Richard Scarry’s Best Christmas Book Ever!
  18. Santa’s Favorite Story: Santa Tells the Story of the First Christmas
  19. A Christmas Carol
  20. Christmas in Camelot (Magic Tree House, No. 29)
  21. The Christmas Owl
  22. Merry Christmas Mom and Dad
  23. Light of Christmas
  24. A Pirate’s Twelve Days of Christmas
  25. Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons
  26. Disney Princesses Sing-Along Christmas Songs
  27. How Santa Got His Job
  28. Bear Stays Up for Christmas
  29. Peanuts: A Charlie Brown Christmas Deluxe Ed
  30. Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story
  31. The Littlest Elf
  32. The Wild Christmas Reindeer
  33. Christmas in the Manger
  34. Mortimer’s Christmas Manger
  35. One Little Christmas Tree: A Children’s Christmas Picture Book
  36. Christmas Tapestry
  37. Stick Man
  38. Jingle Bells
  39. Clifford’s Christmas
  40. The Christmas Wish
  41. Twas the Night Before Christmas: Edited by Santa Claus for the Benefit of Children of the 21st Century
  42. Christmas in the Trenches
  43. The Legend of the Candy Cane
  44. The Night Before Christmas Pop-up
  45. The Nativity
  46. The Nutcracker Ballet: A Book, Theater, and Paper Doll Fold-out Play Set
  47. Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve?
  48. Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May.)
  49. The Nightmare Before Christmas: 20th Anniversary Edition
  50. Humphrey’s First Christmas

 

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More Tween Boy Gift Ideas

 More Tween Boy Gift Ideas

More Tween Boy Gift Ideas

Shopping for a tween boy has you stumped?  BargainShopperMom has chosen out some unique, top holiday gifts that your boys will rave about. We included a few electronic items, but there is so much more for your boys to explore here and you will love our tween boy gift ideas.

 

Kindle Fire HD

1. Kindle Fire HD 7″, HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB

Kindle Fire HD 7″, HD Display  is a table with amazing capabilities. It is an e-reader, has built in wi-fi, plus you can watch movies, play apps and it’s integrated for email, facebook and twitter. Plus, if you are a parent that sets screen-time limits with your tweens and teens, a new free service called Kindle FreeTime is now available. Kindle FreeTime will help you set limits on how much time your child spends on the Kindle and what content they view. If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow over 180,000 ebooks for free and stream popular TV shows and movies. I also love that the Kindle Fire HD 7″, HD Display has a great price point at under $150.

 

 

Stick Storm Cobra Strike Game

2. Stick Storm Cobra Strike Game

I’m intrigued with this brand-new Stick Storm Cobra Strike Game. There are so many tween boys that like to build things and this game looks really neat! While there are only a few reviews online at this point, I love that it is created by Tim Fort, the Kinetic King.

3. Spooner Board Pro

The Spooner Board Pro is an indoor and outdoor board for learning tricks. We have one at our house and it’s fun for all ages, including tweens, who love to twist, spin and do 360s. My kids love using ours on the carpet or on our tile. Spooner makes it easy to learn skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing tricks all year-round. It helps to improve core strength and stability, leg strength, balance, coordination and gross-motor skills. The Spooner Board Pro is indestructible and made with non-marring 3/8″ polyethylene. The top of the board has raised edges and no-slip grips. There is also a smaller-sized board, but the Pro is sized for tweens and teens. Find out more information or shop for the Spooner Board Pro.

 

 

4. Snap Circuits: Snap Circuits Jr., Snap Circuits Green Alternative Energy Kit, Snap Circuits Extreme

Snap Circuits kits have won multiple toy awards and your child will learn to create electronic circuit projects of their own. It so satisfying for kids to create their own working electronics and these kits can be rebuilt over and over! The kits come in a variety of sizes, depending on  how many projects you can build. The Snap Circuits Jr Kit is one of the smaller kits, yet your child can create over 100 projects.  The Snap Circuits Green Alternative Energy Kit helps your child create green energy projects such as a hand crank, solar cell, water wheel, and so much more. Snap Circuits Extreme is one of the largest kit and your child can create over 750 projects. Find out more information and shop for Snap Circuit Kits.

 

 

 

5. Star Wars Origami

Let’s face it, it’s hard to find crafts that tween boys will love. I’m a fan of anything creative and this new Star Wars Origami Book  is so neat. This book includes 36 different projects and the cool Star Wars papers to fold are included. There are two papers for each project and there are over 250 pages of instructions. The origami techniques in this book are a bit challenging, so it’s recommended for ages 10 and up. Find out more information and shop for the Star Wars Origami Book.

 

 

Guiness World Records 2014

6. Guinness World Records 2014

This is so interesting and what a great conversation piece for your tween boys. They will have a hard time putting it down. It’s marked at grade level 2 and up, which makes it easy-to-read. There are so many fun facts inside that your tweens won’t even know they are learning. Guinness World Records 2014 would make a really exciting and intriguing gift for tween boys.

 

7. GOGroove Pal Bot

Take your music outside in your yard, to the park, the beach or virtually anywhere. This robot has two dual drive stereo speakers paired with a passive subwoofer for an extra powerful audio experience. The Pal Bot also has cool glowing LED eyes and moveable arms.  Just plug it into your device and enjoy the music. It works with most MP3 Players, Ipods, Ipads, Smart Phones, Laptops, Desk top computers and so much more. Find out more information or shop for the GOgroove Pal Bot.

 

 

8. Perplexus Twist

This maze game is an enclosed sphere with tiny mazes inside and will keep your tween busy. It’s easy to play, but there are so many paths to discover. Reasoning skills will be needed to twist the sphere, go through pathways and move to the end of the path. Your tween will be completely drawn to this game!  Find out more information or shop for the game, Perplexus Twist.

 

 

 9. Ravensburger The Earth: 540 Piece Puzzleball

This carefully-crafted 3D puzzle  has 540 pieces to challenge your tween. No glue is required and this puzzle forms a smooth, solid ball. This set includes a stand to rotate your creation. The puzzle pieces are numbered on the back if you choose to put it together that way or it can be put together by just looking at the image. The recommended age for this puzzle is 10 and up. For more information or to shop for the Ravensburger The Earth: 540 Piece Puzzleball.

Lego Star Wars AT-TE

10. LEGO Star Wars AT-TE

This detailed Lego set will keep your tween busy for hours. This set includes 794 pieces and 5 minifigures. Your Star Wars fans won’t be disappointed and if your tween boys still love their Legos, then the larger Star Wars sets make great tween boy gift ideas. The  LEGO Star Wars AT-TE is a very highly-reviewed set and rated for kids age 9 and up.

 

 

 

11. 4M Science Kits

These affordable science kits each include one project for your tween scientist and you can collect them all to try out new exciting experiments. Learn to track the weather and conduct experiments with the greenhouse effect with the 4M Weather Station Kit. Test out your mechanic skills with the 4M Propeller Racer. Turn a toy motor into a generator with the 4M Dynamo Torch kit. These kits are perfect for ages 8 and up. For more information or to shop for the 4M Science Kits.

 

 

Astrojax VMax

12. ASTROJAX – V-MAX

This string and ball toy is the modern yoyo, but with a twist. This toy is basically, three weighted polyurethane balls, suspended on a string. Be creative and invent your own tricks or try the tricks in the included instruction booklet.  If you need tween boy gift ideas, the  ASTROJAX – V-MAX is really fun and unique.

 
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Great Stocking Stuffers for Women

 Great Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Women

Great Stocking Stuffers for Women

Most women love really practical things  and I have found some really neat, useful things that the women in your life will love to find in their stockings. If you are looking for stocking stuffers for women we chose out some really nice beauty-related items, plus lots of other items that are fun for day-to-day.

 

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More Holiday Gift Ideas for Toddler Boys, Ages 1-3

More Great Toddler Boy Gift Ideas

 

If you need toddler boy gift ideas, we have more really great things to choose from. Toddler boys can be so busy and you need hands-on toys that will keep their attention. I chose out some new things you might not have seen before, plus some classic, fun items. There are gifts at all price points on this list and you are sure to find some cool toddler boy gifts.

 

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Great Gifts for Boys and Girls Who Love Art

 Fun Gifts for Kids Who Love Art

 

If you need gifts for young artists, you will love the cool art supplies we have chosen. There are so many unique things on this list. We listed all of the best, highly-reviewed art supplies, kits, books and fun tools and you will for sure find something your own artist will love.

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